All Clear

English language

Published Oct. 25, 2011

ISBN:
9780553592887

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‘All Time is Irredeemable’: Why “Stable Timeline” Time-Travel Stories Don't Work For Me

Note: this is not so much a review as it is a rant about the 'stable timeline' family of time-travel theories. You have been warned. Spoilers for Blackout/All Clear follow, though they are vague structural sort of spoilers rather than detail-laden ones.

Time travel stories of the “stable timeline” variety disconcert me. You know the type - the stories where you wait for everything to fall into place, because you know every single one has been carved out carefully with sandpapered edges; “it always happened this way” stories; stories where the universe is one big self-correcting mechanism that snips away at its own inhabitants so the right things happen at exactly the times they were planned. It’s like human agency has been written out of these tales entirely - whatever you have chosen, you have always chosen; …

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